Videocard problem(?)/monitor going black
Hmrh, I recently changed my videocard from GeForce 5200 (lol, I thought 5600, crappier than I remembered ._.) to ATI radeon 9600.
(Mayor difference, FEAR was so laggy with geforce but with radeon I could run it with pretty decent settings, same applies to other games)
Now, sometimes my screen just goes black, like it's on screensaver or something.
(the green light from the monitor that shows it's on goes orange [screensaver?]) and it wont change back until I turn off the comp and replug the monitor wire back to the comp. :S
I tried updating my videocard but the problem's not gone.
It doesnt do that often but it still does it.
There was no problems like these with geforce but I realy wouldnt want to change it back since I am enjoyng playing FPS games that run smoothly with nice graphs, not to even mention I wouldnt be able to play some of the games I got. <.<
Now, if you are going to tell me to check something, try to tell HOW to do so and where are those functions/programs ect, my knowledge of english computer terms are limited and overall im just a gamer, so not much knowledge over comp's anyway.
(Sorry for bad explanations/english but I just came from sauna and I feel oh so light headed.)
Now it refuses to work at all, just some beeping sounds it the start. <.<
(posting from sis comp)
Awww, had to change back, atleast now it works. :S
Last edited by Spurgu; 11-11-2006 at 08:55 AM.
The problem sounded origonaly like a ACPI problem, IE your monitor was set to turn off after a certian period of inactivity. Since it's a Radion, probably a Catalyst driver error fucking things. Full removal by getting catlyst removal tool from ATI's site, then full reinstall of the latest, non-beta driver.
If when you put the card in and it beeps again, then write down what those beeps sounded like. EX: Short-short-long-short
Look up the POST codes for the motherboard manufacture (like Asus POST codes) and figgure out exactly what the hell is going on. The codes will tell you.
Or take the thing back and buy another nVidia.. that works too. XD
Get back to us.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Just avoid Catalyst. It's like the only reason why I am reluctant in putting an ATI card in my system.
Install the display drivers only and use ATI Tray.
Well a 9600 is like, low-end nowadays.
Ascending list of AGP cards:
Missed out some and might have made some mistakes here and there.
For F.E.A.R. at 1024x768, get at the very least an X800/9800XT or 6600GT/7600GS
PCI-E video cards that will run F.E.A.R at 8xAA at 2560x1600:
I know, 9600 is OLD but hey, I already have it and dont need to pay for it and besides, no income = no new videocard but then again it'll be soon my birthday and christmans so maybe i'll get a new HD and videocard. :P
I read from some forums that if the videocard is not plugged in correctly it will give constant beeping sounds (like mine) and it wont work.
So I will try installing 9600 back after I get back home.
The beep codes depend on the BIOS used. That's why I told you to look at the motherboard, so you could figgure out which BIOS codes you need. When you boot the computer with a working video card, press F2 or whatever the setup button is (del, F2, or something else). In the setup, it should tell you the bios type at the top or something. Becarefull not to change anything, and get out of there when you find the BIOS manufacture. It should be something like AMI, Phoneix, or Award.
Once you know that, you can look up the codes.
This is for future reference, as your probably right and the video card isn't plugged in correctly.
This probably means:
A. You didn't get it in the slot all the way. (remeber... straight down in, avoid rocking it)
B. There is a bad connector on the card or in your slot.
C. You forgot to plug the card into power with the power connector off your power supply.
D. Could be your power supply is too weak to run it.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
I agree with Vol, you should check out those beeping sounds (also called POST codes). But if it started booting in the first place and turns off again, I guess your power supply is a very likely culprit. Driver problems are very unlikely at this stage.
I'm not sure about this - need someone else to confirm me:
Maybe the 9600 is an AGP 8x card in an AGP 4x slot or something like that. In short - the graphic card is not compatible with your computer.
Ah, about compatibility, I heard some cases of certain brands graphic cards being incompatible with certain brands of motherboard. This doesn't happen as much with newer boards (since 2003?). In fact, I've never heard of such cases nowadays.
If you can't find the POST codes, this site might help: http://www.bioscentral.com/
AGP cards are backwards-compatible. An AGP 8x video card will run at 4x in a 4x AGP slot.
maybe something's shorting out the vid card..... atleast... that's what happend to me ... :P